Die Stromschnellen von St Marie (The Rapids Of St Mary), Frank Buchser, 1868
By kind permission of the Kunsthaus Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
This website was created by teacher Peter White for the Algoma District School Board
The Many Mica Bays
I discovered the story of Mica Bay in a book by Janet Chute called The Legacy of Shingwaukonse. I was moved by the dramatic story of alliance between the Anishnaabe leader and the Scottish lawyer Alan MacDonell.
Afterwards I was excited to find other versions of the Mica Bay takeover story. My excitement soon turned to confusion, however, as I found that the importance I had placed on Shingwauk (Little Pine) and Alan MacDonell was not found in other stories.
This made me think that maybe these differences had to do with who is telling the story and what is important to them. It also made me wonder how we can know if our version of a story is the right one?
Take a few moments to listen to and/or read these other accounts of the Mica Bay incident from the First Nations and Métis perspective and write down what you think is the same and what you think is different.
Mica Bay Mine , The Illustrated London News, 1850